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URS Taps SGI(R) For 500 Teraflop Supercomputer For DOE National Energy Technology Lab

With the deployment of green technologies and the pursuit of energy efficiency at the heart of the DOE NETL mission, the SGI ICE Cube Air modular data center (MDC) was chosen by URS to achieve the maximum energy efficiency possible for the HPC system deployment. The SGI ICE Cube Air expandable line of modular data centers offer unprecedented cost and energy efficient solutions for the ever-expanding need for more data center space. As an alternative to brick-and-mortar or co-location sites, SGI ICE Cube Air is ideal for supplementing or replacing traditional data center facilities. Highly efficient fans, along with an innovative four-stage evaporative cooling system, allow the SGI ICE Cube Air to run with outside air and evaporative cooling in most climates, achieving a PUE ratio of 1.06 or less. Supplemental direct expansion (DX), or chilled-water cooling coils, provide an optional backup cooling system for customers deploying in extreme temperature and humidity environments. Optional heaters are available to enable operation in extreme cold climates. SGI ICE Cube Air uses one percent of the water needed by standard water-chilled containers, and requires only standard potable water from a garden hose.

In addition to research conducted onsite, NETL's project portfolio includes R&D conducted through partnerships, cooperative research and development agreements, financial assistance, and contractual arrangements with universities and the private sector. Together, these efforts focus a wealth of scientific and engineering talent on creating commercially viable solutions to national energy and environmental problems.

"This significant energy project at NETL represents exactly the type of challenging environment that many of our customers find themselves in – the need for the highest performance with little or no impact on energy consumption," said Eyal Waldman, Chairman, President and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. "The combination of Mellanox's leading InfiniBand interconnects and SGI's cost and energy efficient modular data center solutions provides end-users such as NETL with superior compute and storage performance and efficiency."

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